Gov. Phil Murphy said Jersey City Councilwoman-at-Large Amy DeGise’s hit-and-run “is behavior that’s unacceptable,” but stopped short of calling for her resignation.
“That was clearly was uh … I saw the video over the weekend and that’s unacceptable … I’ll leave the actual politics to the local realities but that behavior is unacceptable,” Murphy said at a media scrum after a Portal North Bridge groundbreaking in Kearny.
When another reporter followed up by asking if he felt she should be held accountable, Murphy repeated himself: “that behavior is unacceptable.”
DeGise received two summonses for a July 19th incident where she hit UberEats driver Andy Black around 8 a.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Forrest Street after he had gone through a red light, CCTV footage shows.
Video from the scene also reveals that she did not stop or hit the brakes.
On Friday, she indicated through a spokesman that she had no plans to resign a short time after a video of her reporting the crash at the West District Police Station – around 2 p.m. on the same day – had been released to the press by the city.
An unrelated video from November that shows DeGise, then the chair of the county Democrats and a councilwoman-elect, unsuccessfully trying to talk her way out of getting her car towed in Hoboken, as HCV first reported, has gone viral.
The first rally calling for her resignation was held on Saturday and this far the only electeds calling for her resignation are two of her colleagues that did not run on Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket last year: Councilmen James Solomon and Frank Gilmore.